What is Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Spinal Decompression is defined as vertebral pressure relief with spinal positioning. It is a highly advanced specialized mechanical therapy used to decrease nerve interference or “un-pinch” nerves. It works by methodically increasing the spacing between vertebrae. The increased spacing creates a pressurized vacuum within the bugled disc, moving it off the nerve, and allowing blood and important nutrients to flow into the vertebral discs. Therefore, allowing the nerves to do their job and transmit mental impulses properly. The location of a disc that has degenerated or pinched decreases the nerve impulse, weakening signal and thus causing pain, decreased sensation, muscle weakness, or decreased reflexes. Below are examples of a healthy disc and spine. The picture on the left is a healthy disc. An unhealthy disc causing nerve interference is seen in the picture on the right.
Spinal decompression is helpful for the following ailments:
Herniated Discs, Disc Degeneration, Disc Bulges, Arthritis, Nerve Root Pressure Impingement, Pins & Needles causing pain in upper and lower extremities, Sciatica, Headaches, Failed Spine Surgery, and overall increased nerve flow for optimal health.
Why is the Spinal Decompression Therapy used in your office the most state-of-the-art spinal decompression available?
Doctor Kim is certified in non-surgical decompression therapy. He has practiced The Cox Distraction technique for many years. This is a prestigious chiropractic technique, with many years of documented clinical success in disc rehabilitation. Cox practitioners are very critical upon the equipment that they use because their success depends on not just proper diagnosis, but the ability to implement specific treatment protocols, so choosing a table would have to meet the highest of standards. Doctor Solomon has chosen Eurotech’s DOC Decompression System. This system is equipped with a digital command center. The DOC System is capable of specific vertebral targeting. This allows Doctor Solomon to focus primarily on the patient’s problem area(s). The DOC System also allows for separate lumbar and cervical decompression programming with a continuous readout and graphing of treatment protocols.
The DOC decompression allows for both Supine (on your back or face up) and Prone (on your stomach or face down) positioning.
Using R.A.M.P. (Reflex Auto Monitoring Program), the DOC System automatically checks, rechecks, and monitors the program time, active poundage, resting poundage, and hold/relax time. This ensures that each patient receives the specific treatment they need.
The DOC System provides articulating decompression, defined as decompression that can vary the posture of the spinal column during the treatment. This means the practitioner is able to strategically position the spine into a litany of postures to yield a specific and more successful treatment. Basic linear or straight decompression systems lack this attention to detail. The ability to posture the patient improves how the therapy moves through the spine. It enables the decompression to reach into areas of the injury that less advanced systems commonly overlook.
This articulation can improve range of motion as it continues to generate healthier joints. Like the spine, this decompression table has many ranges of motion. They include flexion (bending forward), extension (bending backward), lateral flexion (bending side to side), and most important, rotation. A healthy spine must without difficulty move through all of these motions without pain. Anything less may be due to an injury or may be a pre-cursor to injury. Damage to back or neck muscles as well as spinal alignment issues can hinder our spines ability to move properly. Decreased or painful movement indicates a need for treatment.
Spinal Decompression is advanced traction. It utilizes a set of advanced computers and poundage sensors to control how the spine is elongated. The old traditional traction simply pulls the spine back and forth. With the assistance of technology we are able to customize the pull-release pumping into a specialized pattern that can rehabilitate the cartilage of the disc and surrounding tissues. The DOC System has the ability to target tissues using its articulation feature. It can also adjust and vary the “holding times” of its pull and release cycling. Different holding times have an effect on different tissues. For example, longer holding times affect the disc while shorter times affect muscles and tendons. Other systems are limited to one pattern or one protocol. Systems that claim to be more advanced than “older systems” do not have the ability to laterally flex and decompress which makes this system unique and a highly advanced rehabilitation tool. Upon evaluation, Doctor Solomon will decide which features and protocols are best for you.
Schedule an appointment or call us at 215-542-2273 and ask for Doctor Kim.